Excellent point, and good article to back your thoughts up. Although I think ARTG's dive is "panic" related, no doubt it will be a slow 2009. (Which makes ARTG a good trading stock like you said). Now today is another field day for shorts, while the politicians try to make up their minds. IMO, let the big three go belly up. Everybody else does when their business model doesn't work and they don't change with the times.
Although the economy is in the toilet, I also think that there are soooooooo many "mom and pops" in the market now who got in during the hype of trading online, Cramer, "Fast Money", etc. who are frightened silly. People are pulling money out, and then putting it back in on emotion. How crazy is the fact that we're getting used to triple-digit moves up and down?
My computer problem was the internal jack/plug. I had to have it replaced. It's a Toshiba laptop, and apparently has had trouble with that jack. Of course, the warranty has long since expired.
Still hanging in...